Working with Schools

Foundation college student

Students in their transition year are offered the opportunity to participate in a flexible programme tailor-made to meet the individual needs of schools and their learners. These ‘taster sessions’ are available on a group or individual basis and give learners an experience of life and learning in a general further education college. Sessions can include multi-skills or specific vocational areas.

Individual School Links

Who is this option suitable for?

  • Individuals in Years 10 or 11 currently in a special school or in mainstream education
  • Learners who would benefit from a transitional stage in their development
  • Learners who are interested in gaining a vocational, Life Skills or Functional Skills qualification.

How will the course help?

  • Supported learning in an adult environment
  • A new start in a different environment
  • A bridge from school to college helping learners develop their confidence and to ease transition
  • The opportunity to try out or experience a range of subjects including vocational options.

What courses* are available?

  • Entry 1/2 Life Skills and Functional Skills
  • Entry 3/Level 1 Life Skills/Functional Skills and/or vocational options such as Motor Vehicle, Construction, Metalwork, Catering, Childcare, Hair and Beauty, Creative Media, Public Service, Art and Drama

What support do you get?

  • A Personal Tutor to provide guidance and support
  • Small group sizes supported by a Teaching Assistant in many cases
  • Regular contact with the school to monitor progress

What happens after the course?

Learners have the opportunity to progress onto full-time courses such as a Life and Living Skills or Life and Work Skills course or other College courses.

Group School Links

Suitable for schools with groups of learners with learning difficulties and/or disabilities who wish to give learners an experience of life and learning in a general Further Education college. Course options are negotiated and agreed with the College and funded by the school.

Programmes are set up to meet the individual needs of schools and their learners but could include multi-skills or, if available, specific vocational areas.

* Subject to availability and interview, learners can take up places on any of the courses run by the Faculty of General Vocational Education.  Please contact our 14-16 Partnership Coordinator 01293 453473 to discuss your requirements.

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